Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, has long been celebrated as a brilliant military leader. As the man who won the Peninsular War and, most famously, decisively defeated Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo, Wellington’s place in history has long been been assured but is his reputation fully justified? History of War Issue 31 asks two distinguished historians, Dr Huw Davies and Dr Rory Muir, about key moments in the Iron Duke’s career to see where he spectacularly triumphed but also where he nearly fell by the sword.
Away from the Napoleonic era Issue 31 also looks at the brutal battle of Imjin River that took place during the wrongfully forgotten Korean War (1950-53). In what was arguably a Cold War repeat of Rorke’s Drift, a small brigade of 4,000 United Nations soldiers fought off a huge Chinese army of at least 27,000 men. The battle became famous for the last stand of the “Glorious Glosters” who fought to the last round on Hill 235, including Tommy Clough, who shares his experiences in an in-depth interview.
Elsewhere there are stories from WWII including the Baedeker Raids when the Luftwaffe bombed Britain’s most picturesque cities, the origins of the elite US Navy SEALs and a Victoria Cross hero from D-Day.
Also in Issue 31:
-The Empire Strikes Back: the Ludendorff Offensive
-Operator’s Handbook: HMS Warrior
-The Briefing: Blood, oil & Angola
-Artefact of War: Fishguard Horn